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Kenmore 8503[2]
 
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$179.99 - $199.99
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Summary: This Kenmore 1.6 cubic-foot 1000-watt has
  • touchpad controls.
  • a wire rack for bi-level cooking.
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About - Kenmore 8503[2]

The Kenmore 8503[2] is part of the microwave oven test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, over-the-range microwave oven models like the 8503[2] are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Heating evenness:
This reflects how evenly a model reheated a dish of cold mashed potatoes.

Defrosting evenness:
This is based on how well the automatic-defrost program defrosted one pound of frozen ground chuck.

Speed of heating:
This score is based on the temperature rise of water heated in the microwave.
About This Brand

This brand, sold at Sears, offers a wide number of countertop microwave ovens, with prices ranging from $70 to $350. Capacities are from 1 to 2 cubic feet, and some models provide convection cooking. Kenmore over-the-range models measure about 1.5 to 2.0 cubic feet and have wattage ratings of 900 to 1,200; they cost $200 to $800. Sears offers a wide range of OTR ovens and sells a model with GE's Advantium speed-cook technology.

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Features & Specs - Kenmore 8503[2]
info Claimed capacity (cu. ft.) 1.6
info Watts 1000
info Detailed prompts No
info Convection mode No
info Sensor No
info Stainless/SS-look option Yes
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User Reviews - Kenmore 8503[2]
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1.0
Poor Excuse
1/20/2014
Pros
Attractive Design
Simple Controls
Simple Display
Cons
Heats Unevenly
Noisy
Best Uses
Popcorn
Comment:
This microwave will not cook in the middle. For example put four or more strips of bacon on a microwaveble bacon plate and only the strips on the edge get done. Remove them and add 30 seconds and maybe the center strips are done.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
2.0
Unreliable and noisy
1/2/2014
Pros
Easy To Install
Simple Controls
Cons
Noisy
Unreliable
Best Uses
Defrosting
Leftovers
Comment:
After working inconsistently for over a month this microwave up and died yesterday. It was always very noisy and the light was so dim we couldn't see anything on the stove. It's less than 3 years old.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Best Bang for Your Buck
4/18/2013
Pros
Easy To Clean
Easy To Install
Heats Evenly
Simple Controls
Simple Display
Cons
Best Uses
Defrosting
Leftovers
Comment:
Had top of the line Kitchenaid big bucks 4yrs dead, this kenmore <$200 4yrs still going
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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